Adele Adkins, a British vocalist, has come under intense criticism on social media over her Notting Hill Carnival outfit and hairstyle.


In the early hours of Monday, the multi-award winner had taken to her Instagram page to share a photo wherein she posed in a bikini bearing the Jamaican flag and bantu knots, a traditional African hairstyle.

“Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London,” the ‘Hello’ crooner wrote, alongside the picture that was apparently taken at last year’s event.

The 32-year-old Grammy winner — who was looking slim in the photo — was celebrating London’s ‘Notting Hill Carnival’, an annual event held between August 30 and 31, in the streets of west London, UK.


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Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London 🇬🇧🇯🇲


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The event was held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Adele’s appearance has, however, stirred the pot of never-ending arguments on social media platforms, especially Twitter, where some users quickly accused her of cultural appropriation for the hairstyle and outfit.


“If 2020 couldn’t get anymore bizarre, Adele is giving us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that nobody asked for. This officially marks all of the top white women in pop as problematic. Hate to see it,” a user wrote.

“Dear American woke folks, you cannot have this on your head and be shouting cultural appropriation because Adele chooses to wear bantu knots,” another user wrote.

Here’s what some users had to say:


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